It’s technically still winter, but Atlanta begs to differ. Thanks to warm days and early blooms, you can savor the unseasonably springlike weather at these events, whether they’re all about flowers, the luck of the Irish, cotton candy and Fair fare, or even what it’s like to spend 50 days in space.
All of March (and beyond): State Park Wildflower Walks
Longer days, warmer weather and colorful blooms are sure signs of Spring’s arrival. To celebrate the season, Georgia State Park rangers are hosting a series of guided wildflower walks that provide a close look at blooms such as Canada Violet, Trout Lily, Wild Azalea, Spring Beauty, Foamflower, Trillium, Indian Pink and Buckeye. On various dates, enjoy walks at Sweetwater Creek, Cloudland Canyon, Panola Mountain, and Seminole State Parks. Check out our list of Fun and Adventure at Cloudland Canyon.
All of March (and beyond): The 2017 Atlanta Fair
Atlanta’s favorite fair is back and fair gurus from near and far are invited to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience! All season long, guests can expect to be dazzled by vibrant displays and lights and partake in a variety of interactive games. Those in search of soaring thrillers will be able to climb aboard one of the many attractions, including the Towering Ferris Wheel, Flying Dutchman, 45-foot Ring of Fire and for the first time ever, the Inversion, a twisty sky-high tower that will have adrenaline junkies spinning and twirling into the crisp spring air! Foodies can also indulge in the endless supply of all-time classics, like fluffy cotton candy, candy apples, elephant ears and more!
All of March (and beyond): Atlanta Blooms
All of March (and beyond): Me & Mommy Georgia Aquarium Ticket Offer
Georgia Aquarium’s Me and Mommy ticket offer is back! For only $44.95 plus tax, you’ll receive an adult General Admission ticket and up to 4 children’s General Admission tickets (ages 5 and under). This offer is valid January 2 – May 25, 2017, Monday – Thursday only and can be purchased online, at the door or through the Georgia Aquarium Call Center at 404-581-4000. Not valid with any other discount or offer.
All of March: Downtown Daffodil Celebration
Be Downtown to delight in the Downtown Daffodil Celebration, hosted by Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) on March 1-31. Each year, the Celebration features activities and programs in support of the Downtown Daffodil Project. Residents, students, workers and visitors alike can enjoy self-guided tours of the daffodil plantings, Daffy Hour and Daffodil Dinner food and drink specials, Daffodil Days hotel packages, and special events like Daffodil Day at Oakland Cemetery and SPARK Saturday at the Center for Civil and Human Rights (both events on March 11). Learn more at www.AtlantaDowntown.com/Daffodils
Through March 5: The Phantom of the Opera
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to a city near you as part of a brand new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography and has been hailed by critics as ” bigger and better than ever before.”
March 1: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live
Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides students on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t!
Enjoy an evening of live music, performance and local art as you shop, dine, and experience all The Marietta Square has to offer. Art Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of the Marietta Square’s galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses on the 1st Friday, April–November, from 5pm to 9pm with a special “Kick-Off” event in March and an “Encore Show” in November. During Art Walk, each participating venue hosts a local artist outside of its storefront in Marietta Square.
March 4, 18, and 25: Princess Brunch at Venkman’s
Make your friends at Venkman’s ‘Part of Your World’ on March 4th, 18th, and 25th for three very special screenings of the Disney classic, Little Mermaid. Enjoy a royal brunch feast ‘Under the Sea’ complete with Little Mermosa drinks specials for the adults kids. Tickets are not available for FREE shows. For seating at a FREE show, please make reservations for the appropriate time at www.venkmans.com(see “Reservations”), or by calling 470-225-6162. We also recommend the Puppet Brunch on March 11 (a ticketed event)!
March 6: Toddler Time: Celebrating Green
Take a ‘dip’ into Georgia Aquarium with your toddler, without the time or cost commitment of our General Admission ticket. Bring your little one on a fun and educational adventure in Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom with views of beluga whales or whale sharks and manta rays. During each 1.5 hour experience, children will meet and learn about an approachable animal during a special introduction to marine life, enjoy a costumed character appearance, story time, craft activities and a small snack. Each month will feature a different animal encounter and theme.
March 10 (and beyond): Chattanooga Spring Break Safari
Families can discover more about Chattanooga on an exciting Scavenger Hunt! Explore the city and complete each Scavenger Hunt at your own pace. Solve the clues together or if you get stuck, you can ask someone at the attraction or check out the answers at the end of the guide. Kids will receive special prizes when they show images of the found items to employees at the attractions for both hunts. Check out the map with all the Spring Break Safari and Scavenger Hunt locations.
March 11: Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day parade – started by the city’s Hibernian Benevolent Society (a Catholic and Protestant fraternal organization) – dates back to 1858, making it one of the country’s oldest. Produced by Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade, Inc., the Parade features representatives from the various Irish groups that are an integral part of Atlanta’s Irish community. Participation in the parade is not just an “Irish thing”. The parade attracts individuals and groups from around the city and the South including clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, children, dancers, drill teams, and more. All groups are encouraged to participate as long as their unit is appropriate for a “family” event. The emphasis is on children and families in celebration of all of Atlanta’s diverse backgrounds on a day when “everybody is Irish.”
March 12: Girl Scout Day at Unicoi Lodge
In honor of National Girl Scout Day, Coral Hospitality in conjunction with the Georgia State Parks and Lodges would like to extend an exclusive special offer to Girls Scouts! This offer is valid at all 5 of the Coral Hospitality Managed State Parks & Lodges including Unicoi State Park & Lodge, Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge, Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge and Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge. Leaders looking to bring a group of 10 or more are encourage to contact our Regional Sales Office at (770) 696-9050 for further assistance and discounts. This offer is only available from March 12 – 18, 2017 so act now before it’s too late!
Join us to launch the 2017 Atlanta Science Festival with astronaut Captain Mark Kelly. He’s spent more than 50 days in space, and now he’s spending an evening with us!
Captain Kelly will share with us what it’s like to leave planet Earth and his insider perspective on the groundbreaking yearlong NASA experiment with his twin brother on how space affects the human body. Captain Kelly will speak at 7pm, but we welcome you to come early at 5:30pm to launch some rockets with us on the lawn of Emory’s Glenn Memorial Church. Also, stick around afterwards for a book signing organized by Little Shop of Stories! Captain Kelly will be signing his Mousetronaut and Astrotwins books. Read about why we LOVE Little Shop.
March 18: Superhero Science Night!
Superheroes and mad scientists unite! Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to discover the magical powers behind science at its annual Superhero Science Night on Saturday, March 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Kids can come dressed up as their favorite superhero and learn how the powers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics can help them take over the world! The special event will consist of various hands-on activities set up throughout the Museum, and Professor Labcoat will end the evening with a bang during the grand finale! Special guests The GroveBots, a FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics Team from Oak Grove Elementary School, will also be on-hand to share their robot creation with attendees. Check out our Ultimate Guide to the Children’s Museum.
March 19: FREE Day at the Carlos Museum
In 2019 the Michael C. Carlos Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its formal founding at Emory University’s Atlanta campus. The Carlos Museum is planning a series of exhibitions, programs, and special events as part of the centennial year and will offer 100 free days to celebrate this important milestone. One hundred free admission days are scheduled between now and 2019 as a way to thank the community whose support has played such a significant role in the story of the Museum’s success.
March 19: Ranger Madness: Junior Ranger Day
March 20: Georgia Aquarium Science Festival
This fun and educational event includes an interactive discussion on how to start your own home aquarium. Georgia Aquarium experts will explore the differences between fish vs. coral aquariums, freshwater vs. saltwater, water quality parameters, and much more! Our team members are ready to show several interactive examples and discuss their expertise with you! This event will take place on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. Reoccurring discussions will take place in the Coral Classroom from 11 – 11:30 a.m., 12 – 12:30 p.m., and 1 – 1:30 p.m. Question and answer stations will be set up on the topside of our Tropical Diver exhibit where experts will be stationed to go in depth on the topics visited during the discussions. This event is complimentary with Aquarium admission.
Capitol City Opera Company will present John Davies’ operatic adaptation of the classic fairy tale, The Billy Goats Gruff. The show takes a familiar tale and adds a fun operatic twist with a strong anti-bullying message and promotes the power of kindness. On the way home from school, three little billy goats encounter a steep bridge and a sticky situation that they must try to solve. Ideal for children in grades pre-K through 5th grade, the 50-minute opera is set to some of the greatest music by Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti.
March 25-26: Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival
Bring your family, friends, and Fido for a fabulous weekend of fun when the 3rd Annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival returns to beautiful Blackburn Park. The festival will take place on Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26 from 10 am to 6 pm each day. Admission is FREE. Enjoy an arts and crafts market, food trucks, a pet parade and costume contest, a children’s village, and more.
March 30: The Atlanta Opera’s Don Pasquale
In this modern production from director Chuck Hudson set in the golden era of Hollywood, Don Pasquale is an aging silent film star at the sunset of his career. Our protagonist sets off to find a wife and heir to his fortune. He gets hitched to the devious Norina, a widowed gold digger who conspires with Ernesto, the Don’s nephew. Supported by a chorus of servants dressed as Hollywood film stars, Don Pasquale is an uproarious evening of theater.